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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Massive Power Outage Takes Egypt Off Line for Several Hours

September 5, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

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In Re-Routing of Plane, Lines Blurred Between Digital World and Reality

September 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter.  Experts say that's a wakeup call for a world still coming to grips with cybersecurity: What goes down online can be equally if not more disruptive in the real world.

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Hurricane Norbert Could be Headed for Pacific Coast

September 4, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.  The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Norbert was packing top sustained winds of 80 mph and is centered about 165 miles south of the Baja peninsula.

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Home Depot Investigating Major Data Breach

September 3, 2014 1:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlanta-based home Depot  is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a hack.  Hackers have broken security walls for many retailers in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's and the thrift store operations of Goodwill.

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Doctor Unsure if Latest American with Ebola Will be Sent to Atlanta Hospital

September 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor who oversaw treatment of two American missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in west Africa said he doesn't know if a third sick American will be coming to his Atlanta hospital.  The North Carolina-based group Serving In Mission said Tuesday that the obstetrician has developed the Ebola virus and is now in isolation in Liberia.

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Safe America Foundation Announces Programs, Hosts Speakers at Strategy Session

September 2, 2014 9:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | News | Comments

The Safe America Foundation held announced its plans for “BE Safe America,” a program that will run in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, at a strategy session at the National Grid Headquarters on Thursday, Aug. 28.   

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Business Interruption Insurance Can Help Offset BC Program Costs

September 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Rick Biondi | Articles | Comments

Rick Biondi, a risk management integration consultant for Skipton & Associates, discusses business interruption insurance and how it can help offset some costs in the event of a disaster.  He also discusses what businesses should look for when searching for an effective policy.

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The Importance of the Cyber Supply Chain in Business Continuity

September 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Ken Simpson, MBCI, CORP | Articles | Comments

Ken Simpson discusses the importance of the "cyber supply chain" in preparing for cyber threats and how business continuity and logistics can go hand-in-hand for organizations looking to prevent such threats.  He also discusses sharing the critical cyber threats with senior management. 

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Video: Guaranteed Housing For Critical Personnel During an Event

September 2, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal of Continuity Housing, discusses the importance of providing critical personnel a place to stay during a crisis and why it is an important aspect of effectively implementing a business continuity plan.  

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Eight Killed After Gas Leak Caused Explosion

September 2, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.  A gas leak is believed to be the cause of the explosion. 

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Property Owners Effected by Sandy Now Facing Funding, Property Rights Questions

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Business and private beach owners who's  properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are now facing the issue of either repairing sand dunes themselves or opening up beaches to the public to receive federal funding and assistance. 

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Tornadoes, Hail Storms Hammers Midwest

September 2, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Several Midwestern states report tornadoes, strong winds and pingpong ball-sized hail as severe weather causes evacuations, highway closures and power outages.  As the line of storms moved east, the National Weather Service noted hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near St. Louis and rain falling at a rate of nearly an inch per hour.

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Ebola Outbreak Driving Food Prices Up

September 2, 2014 8:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields.  Surrounding countries have closed land borders, many airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries, restricting food imports to the hardest-hit countries. Those countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — all rely on grain from abroad to feed their people.

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New Calls for Early Warning System after Weekend Earthquake in California

August 27, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A university lab in the city of Berkeley is testing a prototype of an earthquake early-warning system that California is pursuing years after places like Mexico and Japan already have them up and running.   Experts say it would allow trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects, reducing injuries and damage.

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Hurricane Cristobal Gaining Strength as it Passes Through Caribbean

August 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Hurricane Cristobal was gradually gaining strength Tuesday as it headed over the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda after drenching parts of the Caribbean and causing at least five deaths.  The storm was centered about 590 miles (950 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as it approached the British island territory, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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